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DAY AT IDAHO SPRINGS.

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It means invincible power shot and enlightened progress. It means vith hope and happiness to all the coming ad, generations of men entitled to its pro

tection. It means that never again, on the land or on the sea, can it be a flag of “stripes" to any of God's children, however poor or however black. It means the sovereignty of

an indissoluble Union-and a prophungth of

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AT IDAHO SPRINGS.

which it cast was the first to fall athwart the pleasant homes of that mountain-sheltered city. Then the shadows from other mountains fell fast and faster, until, looking up to the nearer heavens, I could hear them, more plainly than ever before, declare the glory of God; could see the firmament, more plainly than ever before, show forth His handiwork.

The sound of many waters was heard-unusual melody for plaindwellers.

There was a bridge spanning the rushing stream. I stood upon it, and listened to what the waves were saying. They were vexed because, when they started, as melted and commingling snow-flakes from mountain tops, they were as pure as they had been white. They had been dammed, here and there, to turn the wheels of stamp mills, sampling works, compressed air engines ; had

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been channeled, here and there, to One of my first and pleasurable acwash the very ground upon which quaintances was formed at the Stanwe walk in this strange land, that ton, when “good-morning,” men might gather the gold hidden involuntarily exchanged between a therein.

stranger—the Hon. John A. Wilstach, That pioneer placer-miner, Mr. of Indiana, and myself. We soon bePeter Theobold, showed me a nug came friends. He had traveled much ; get of gold, that moonlit night, had crossed the ocean four times; weighing eight pennyweights, which had been in all lands and climes. he took from this creek's bed thirty Talking with him about the climate years ago. A generation has since of this locality, Judge Wilstach said : passed away, and yet the stream runs “As to climatic advantages, the on over its gold-charged sand and northern side of the town of Idaho gravel. Even now, Frank Fitzpat- Springs, including the site of the rick counts the gold by pennyweights “Hotel Stanton,' is in the same posihe washes every evening from its tion as the celebrated hotels at Menaltered current.

tone on the coast of the MediterraThe city rests on foundations inter nean in Southern France, Mentone mingled with gold.

is the favorite winter sanitarium of But midnight was coming on. The Europe. The hotels there, to which moon had risen. Its borrowed rai I allude, are the ‘ Hotel de la Paix' ment fell as softly upon the rocks' (of Peace) and the 'Hotel des Angrough face as upon

“the lush-red lais' (of the English). The Mediterroses drooped in dream," in the ranean Alps there so closely invest flower gardens of Plummer and Os the sea, that the spray often dashes biston upon Colorado avenue. It across beach and boulevard into the was late, therefore, when I reached windows of the lower stories, and the and registered at the “Hotel Stan * Hotel de la Paix 'is, for nearly half ton." The rest of the night was its height, built into the face of the spent in dreamless sleep.

mountain in its rear. The mountain I believe Anna Letitia Barbauld rises to a lofty height. It faces then said,

due south. On its face, therefore, . In some brighter clime

rests, all day long, the sun. Mentone Bid me, Good morning."

feels no blast from the north. The These words came chiming down northern storm slips over the summemory's aisles that first morning at mit into the sea. Is the breeze from Idaho Springs, for I seemed to be in the south, it brings from Africa the some brighter sun-bright clime than fervors of the tropics tempered by even my nativity, the lovely far away

the waves.

The 'Stanton' has the valley of the Ohio.

same advantages of situation. Sheer

above it rises the lofty north walls of "Among these restless argonauts the Canon. From the east comes

was George A. Jackson, the original through the convenient opening of

discoverer of gold placers in Colorado. the Grass Valley, the warm breezes

It was during the winter of 1858, of Eastern Colorado. From the

while prospecting the valley of Clear west, through another opening, come

Creek-Vasquey River then calledhints of the warm breezes of the Pa

that he first strolled into Grass Valcific coast. The only enemy of the ley, while the river was frozen solid, climate of Idaho Springs is the gale

and following up the stream as far as from the Sierra Blanca and Pike's

what is now called Soda Hill, obPeak, and from this it is protected by served a blue mist arising from an the summits of the Santa Fe Moun

adjoining canon, which he at first tain. Is it any wonder that snów re

supposed to be the camp-fires of the fuses to remain in the streets of this

Utes. favored city in the winter, and that

"Alarmed at his imagined danger, sleighing is as much unknown in its

he climbed to the summit of an adjastreets as the Tally-Ho Coach in Ven

cent hill, wherein the snow lay waist ice? From the mountain last named deep and, peering cautiously into the issue the Hot Springs, which are giv- adjoining valley, ascertained that the ing Idaho Idaho Springs

enviable

mysterious smoke was the vapor from celebrity.

the hot springs located near by, “These waters, heated in the al

which, after the discovery of placer chemy of nature, sugg another

gold on the bars above and below parallel. They are of the ct tem

them, made the immediate vicinity perature of the famous

cers of

the seat of a mining camp which rapAix-le-Baines; one hundre. d thir

idly grew into a village and prosperteen degrees Fahrenheit. These are

ous town. Jackson relates that at that soda, those are sulphur."

time hundreds of mountain sheep had It was pleasant to talk with some

gathered about the springs to graze of the pioneers of Idaho Springs.

upon the herbage, from which the One of the first-it was the first I

warm vapors had melted the snows. believe-to make discoveries in the

“From here he advanced half a vicinity, was George A. Jackson. mile up the main creek, built a log The story of his arrival and the im

heap and started a fire upon what is portant incidents connected there

know as Chicago Bar, where he after. with I learned from the pen of a

ward dug in the thawed ground and pioneer—the daughter of Hon. R. B.

was rewarded by finding the rich Griswold :

washings, the news of which soon re* Contribution to Rocky Mountain News. vived as great an emigration toward

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IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. CENT. BRANCH PACIFIC RY., Colo.

Colorado as the previous decade had flume, “The Argo" and

“ Bald attracted to California.”

Eagle," "The Mary Foster," "The Mr. George A. Patten, a pioneer, Financier," “ The Money Musk,” and one of the early postmasters said : “The Denver City," "The Jo Rey“I have traveled all over Colorado nolds,"

“The Humboldt," “The in the last thirty years, and I have Champion-Donaldson,” and many never been in a location where the other producers that are daily and climate equals this. One pecularity · nightly contributing to the world's I have often noticed the storms wealth. that seem to rise at Gray's Peak, and Some mention of these attractions our storms come generally from that to this resort have been and will be direction, do not sweep down on our made in separate papers for publicacity. Old Chief Mountain, south of

tion in these pages. us and in sight there, seems to be a The day was going away and the natural attraction and so is the next shadows of another evening falling, point struck, leaving us in the edge, when Mr. A. H. Colburn tightened almost untouched.”

the reins of his horses and asked me The reader may not care to learn to take a seat behind the swift pacer, what I saw from the top of Bellevue “John," and his many-gaited companMountain ; of the “Outing at Chicago ion, “Billy.” In this way I was borne Lakes and the ascent of Mount Rosa

rapidly over the city and suburban lie ; ” the fishing excursion to Echo

avenues-a most pleasurable ride. Lake ; a day at Lake Edith ; amateur There were none of Byron's “tears prospecting the ore-pregnant and torture,” but there was a touch mountains; the Autobiography of a of joy” in this evening and morning Silver Dollar ; of visits to some of dream-time. But it was not all a the famous mining-camps around the

dream. The reality consisted in the city, such as “The Lamartine," "The

renewed strength and the restfulness “Dove's Nest,” “The Early Bird," experienced by one of this world's “The Freeland," "The Plutus," "The tired denizens in spending a night Ben Harrison,” “ The Silver Age,” in this canon-walled city. “ The Little Mattię” and its wonder

HENRY DUDLEY TEETOR.

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